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A gripping alternative history thriller set in the Second World War, from the internationally acclaimed and best-selling author of the Bernie Gunther novels.

Autumn 1943. Hitler knows he cannot win the war: now he must find a way to make peace. FDR and Stalin are willing to negotiate; only Churchill refuses to listen. The upcoming Allied Tehran conference will be where the next steps - whatever they are - will be decided.

Into this nest of double- and triple-dealing steps Willard Mayer, OSS agent and FDR's envoy to the conference. His job is to secure the peace that the USA and Hitler now crave. The stakes couldn't be higher.

Showcasing Philip Kerr's brilliant research and masterful plotting at its best, Hitler's Peace has never before been published in the UK and is a fitting coda to the career of one of the masters of the historical thriller.

©2020 Philip Kerr (P)2020 Quercus Editions Limited

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Great first part. Poor finish

I enjoyed this book until the last 4 chapters. I could go along with the inclusion of real characters from history populating the story. For the first part of the book this worked really well - FDR, Schellenberg & Powell rubbing shoulders with the main character. However, the book turned towards ‘alternative’ history of WW2 and a weak finale. This was a shame as there was a great much shorter novel in there somewhere.

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There was a great story in here somewhere.

First off, this is a quite absorbing tale which is extremely well narrated,however!
The denouement is extremely weak and sadly badly constructed.
The idea that one of the principal players would have been influenced in the way he is by a concern for the human suffering of his own people is a laughable construct. Similarly the ending is a trite and cliched sacrificial nonsense which plays against everything we have learned about the character during the novel. Disappointing to say the least.

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Ok but rushed ending

I wasn’t going into this book expecting it to be historically accurate, it’s a fiction book so expect it to be fictional. It’s not a bad book and overall I enjoyed it.

The story seemed to build up for a long time and then seemed to rush to a finish in the last few chapters. Often this is a good thing but in this case it just seemed like the author had run out of story so just seemed to end it.

The main character also seemed to become less and less plausible as the story progresses as he seems to become the confident and saviour of everyone.

Shame as it had a good build up and I enjoyed most of the book.

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historical gem

obviously super well written, well performed and the story will be a great Netflix series one day, a must read for fans, I do miss Herr Bernie tho

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Can only make us wonder what more Philip Kerr could have done.

Kerr’s untimely death robbed his readers of who knows how many more great books. This one plays fast and loose with history and with the notions of fact, image and storytelling. Real people pop up but that doesn’t mean the story is. It’s done in a subtle and amusing way though.

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A great book read by an excellent narrator

Everything you would expect from Philip Kerr. Brilliantly researched, with fictional and historical characters blending together seamlessly in a plausible, and thought-provoking plot, read by a master narrator who is perfectly suited to the author's style. What more could you ask for?

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Bernie Guntheresque

Good and entertaining book however it could have been better. Narrator is not very good in my opinion and its a pity. Portrays however an interesting thesis and good listen to spend some time.

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Hitler and Starlin compete for Monster of the twentieth century

Good feel for the period, some excellent twists. Good play on the paranoia of a separate peace deal during WW2, which continued right to the end in reality. Kerr’s detective series which examines Germany before, during and after the war, is also worth reading

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nearly there

I was hoping it was going to be more if a alternative history and for 2 thirds of the book it looked as if it was going that way then it swerved away in the last section. Bit of a missed opportunity.

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Excellent

Well researched historical novel with some great scenes. Nicely paced. Plenty of twists and turns.
Philip Kerr is a master of creating a sense of place and of grounding a novel in a believable historical time.
Excellent narrator/performer.
The only disappointment is that I wanted it to carry on. I want to know more.

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